SBI may close some foreign branches after review

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016,9:57 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Mumbai | The nation’s largest lender State Bank of India has said it will undertake a detailed review of its international operations and may close some non-lucrative branches.

We do a yearly review of our international operations, but this time we are doing a medium-to-long-term strategic review of our foreign operations, SBI Managing Director for Corporate Banking B Sriram told reporters here. We will come out with medium-term targets which shall include business, profit, contribution to the book in terms of risks as per regulations and compliances and branch strategy, he added. Sriram said the review will be completed over the next two months and a report will be presented to the board. As part of the review, the bank is looking at closing certain non-lucrative branches which have not performed as per expectations.

In Britain, SBI has been asked by the local regulator to convert into a subsidiary rather than continue as a branch by March 2017, he said, adding the wholesale banking will continue as a branch. Going by revenues, he said Britain, US, Hong Kong, West Asia and Japan see good business. On the margins front, he said Nepal, Maldives and Bangladesh are very lucrative geographies, and added that generally the spreads are in sync with the country’s sovereign ratings. At the end of December 2015, SBI had a foreign network of 190 offices spanning 36 countries.